New Reptile Zoo and Education Center Set to Open In Enfield

ENFIELD, CT — If it crawls, slithers or hisses, chances are you’ll find it at a unique zoo and learning center soon to open in the South Road plaza: Riverside Reptiles Education Center. The first business of its kind in town is slated to open to the public Oct. 10.

Over 50 species of amphibians and reptiles will be on display in the Exhibit Gallery, including an 8-foot alligator, venomous snakes, various types of turtles and a variety of lizards.

Owner Brian Kleinman has always had a fascination for animals, with a special soft spot for the “creepy crawlies,” he recently said in a newsletter for the White Memorial Conservation Center. With an educational background in biology, he began to achieve his dream of educating others about the animals he loves. He has worked at a variety of zoos and educational centers, including the Roaring Brook Nature Center and the

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Parma City School District opens new A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism

PARMA, Ohio — After a slight construction delay, Parma City Schools’ new A.C.E.S. (Accept, Champion, Educate and Support) Center for Education is nearly finished.



a stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen: Parma City Schools' A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School's north wing.


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Parma City Schools’ A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism is located in Parma High School’s north wing.

The innovative program designed to better serve special education students — specifically children with autism — is located at Parma Senior High School.

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“We’re about two weeks out from the actual facility, which is currently being finished,” said Robert Hoon, director of the district’s Office of Exceptional Students. “So we’re using a temporary space for right now, which we opened the last week. It was a fantastic first week back.

“The students have been completely engaged with our staff, teachers, assistants and related service providers. We’ve done a phenomenal job of getting them acclimated to the center.”

That acclimation included A.C.E.S. Center

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History Center Educating Teachers, Public about Voting Rights

This year marks milestone anniversaries for voting rights. It’s been 150 years since the passage of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted Black men the right to vote, and 100 years since the franchise was extended to women through the 19th Amendment. 

Yet it’s important to remember that both amendments passed after decades of struggle and organizing, says History Prof. Robert Forrant.

“The passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of a battle that had been going on for almost 80 years. This was a long, protracted fight, and it ties into why voting matters, particularly in a presidential election year,” Forrant says. “The Civil Rights Movement and getting the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965 was, again, a long struggle.”

“We’re examining voting and voice through the lens of Lowell, as a microcosm for Massachusetts and the United States,” says Kristin Gallas, project manager
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Parma City Schools District opens new A.C.E.S. Center for Education for children with autism

PARMA, Ohio — After a slight construction delay, Parma City Schools new A.C.E.S. (Accept, Champion, Educate and Support) Center for Education is nearly finished.

The innovative program designed to better serve special education students — specifically children with autism — is located at Parma Senior High School.

“We’re about two weeks out from the actual facility, which is currently being finished,,” Parma City Schools Office of Exceptional Students Director Robert Hoon said. “So we’re using a temporary space for right now, which we opened the last week. It was a fantastic first week back.

“The students have been completely engaged with our staff, teachers, assistants and related service providers. We’ve done a phenomenal job of getting them acclimated to the center.”

That acclimation included A.C.E.S. Center personnel recently providing families and students with a personalized virtual tour of the 3,400-square-foot facility. Formerly two large classrooms, the space has been repurposed

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Timeline, courses of Minot’s upcoming Center for Technical Education



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MINOT, N.D. – The Center for Technical Education coming to Minot is expected to open for classes in the fall of 2022. It will offer a batch of one and two-year degree programs through Dakota College at Bottineau to expand Minot’s workforce.

For business leaders like the Grand Hotel in Minot, they are looking forward to the influx of trained staff with the development of a technical ed center.

“We use accounting here in hotels, if you’re on the maintenance and construction side that’s always needed in the hotel field, also clerical work, front desk, there’re many different avenues. Even the whole IT department for bigger, larger, management companies,” said hotel General Manager Gabriel Mejia.

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According to Dakota College at Bottineau, more than 65% of jobs use some sort of post-secondary education.

“It’s great for the city. It’s much needed. There’s not

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National Science Foundation awards $1.3 million grant to MPC’s Marine Advanced Technology Education Center

The National Science Foundation awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant to the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center at Monterey Peninsula College to support community college students to participate in its global underwater robotics competition.



Engineer Bob Tauscher and middle school teacher Paul Aunspaugh participate in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College pool in 2012.  (Monterey Herald file)


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Engineer Bob Tauscher and middle school teacher Paul Aunspaugh participate in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College pool in 2012. (Monterey Herald file)

The center was established at MPC in 1997 with funding from the National Science Foundation. The Remote Operated Vehicle Competition was created as a core part of the center’s mission to educate and prepare students for the technical workforce. Remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, are used in a variety of underwater activities including construction and inspection, search and recovery, energy operations, aquaculture, national defense, conservation, and research and exploration by scientists such as those at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

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New Jones Beach Center Opens Aimed At Climate Change Education

WANTAGH, NY — The new Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center has opened , Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The center, which opened during Climate Week, aims to teach the public about how energy shapes New York’s natural systems and how that same energy can help advance the state’s efforts to fight climate change. The facility was created by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

“The Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center embodies New York State’s leadership in protecting the environment and promoting renewable energy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Long Islanders know firsthand how the devastating effects of climate change and extreme weather are impacting our lives on a daily basis and this Center will equip visitors with knowledge to join the fight against climate change and protect our environment for generations to come.

The environmental education center specifically teaches how humans consumption of energy changes

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Army Public Health Center offers suicide prevention resources for Army communicators | Article

By Douglas Holl, Army Public Health Center Public AffairsSeptember 25, 2020

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Helping Soldiers and their families improve their health and resiliency is one of the enduring missions of the Army Public Health Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the need for resources and tools aimed at improving Soldier quality of life.APHC is supporting Army communicators with a Quality of Life toolkit offering social media messaging and resource links they can share on their installation social media platforms. September is also the month when the Department of Defense focuses on educating service members and their families about suicide prevention, resources and steps everyone can take to protect against suicide. APHC recently added suicide prevention content and messaging to their QOL toolkit in the hopes that it will be used as a resource for Army communicators.“We’re hoping to leverage the excellent work being done through

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McKinstry breaks ground on Gonzaga, UW medical education and innovation center in U-District

A group of Spokane leaders had a vision more than 30 years ago to transform what was once a desolate railyard into an innovation district where private companies, education and health care intersect to create economic opportunity.

That vision continues to come to life as the 770-acre University District is now home to six universities, Avista Development’s and McKinstry’s Catalyst Building, and two medical schools – Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and the University of Washington-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, which is expanding health care education through a new building that broke ground Thursday via a virtual ceremony.

Seattle-based McKinstry and Gonzaga are developing the 90,000-square-foot structure at 840 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., which will house UW’s School of Medicine in Spokane and Gonzaga’s Department of Human Physiology, in addition to undergraduate courses in nursing and health sciences. The UW School of Medicine is currently in

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Las Vegas in-clinic education center helps kids with cancer keep learning

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation celebrated the opening of Nevada’s first in-clinic education center for pediatric cancer patients Thursday morning.

Janie’s Classroom, which opened last month, is devoted to helping young patients keep up with their schooling while they’re receiving treatment at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a Summerlin nonprofit dedicated to research and treatment of childhood cancer. The Agassi Foundation funded the project.

The classroom is named after Janie Bordinhao, a teacher who died of cancer in January 2019 at age 26. Her mother, Ellen Bordinhao, played a major role in making the center happen.

“It’s up to those who bear her memory to keep her goodness alive and, as Janie’s mother, this is a responsibility that gives meaning to my life,” she said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning at the foundation, at One Breakthrough Way.

She said her daughter grew

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